Anscombe demands Ulster focus

Date published: December 8 2013

Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe warns his side won't get carried away after their 48-0 Heineken Cup triumph over Treviso.

Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe warns his side won't get carried away after their 48-0 Heineken Cup triumph over Treviso on Saturday.

The win and the bonus point that went with it at Ravenhill saw Ulster edge closer to the next stage of the tournament, sitting pretty atop Pool 5.

But the coach does not believe the return leg with the Italians will be a mere formality, mindful of Treviso's notorious strength at home.

“The manner in which we went about our work and to score seven tries and nearly scored 50 points and concede none, well, you've got to be happy,” said Anscombe.

“But we know that no two days are the same in this game. And we're not going to kid ourselves that next week is going to be a walkover. And the fact is that we know it's a different challenge over there and they have a proud home record.

“We respect them enormously on their home track.”

Anscombe also alluded to Ulster's Heineken Cup slip last year, where, having downed Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens, they went on to lose the return leg at Ravenhill, costing them a home quarter-final.

“We were sitting over in England this time last year,” added Anscombe, referring to the Saints win.

“We were pretty happy about what we achieved but we didn't back it up and we let ourselves down and it took away an opportunity of a home quarter-final.

“Hopefully we'll learn from our mistakes. There will be a different challenge next week and it's going to be their coach's last game.”

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